The Event

World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. 20 years working for peace

The World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is internationally recognized as the most important annual event in the field of peacemaking, attracting Nobel Peace Laureates, high-profile leaders, organizations, students, and professors from around the globe since 1999. 


Over the last 20 years, the World Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates have been honored with the participation of numerous Laureates and Nobel Peace Prize awarded Organizations, including: President Mikhail Gorbachev, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, President Shimon Peres, President Lech Walesa, President Jimmy Carter, President José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Lord David Trimble, Professor John Hume, President Kim Dae Yung, and other globally recognized leaders.


The Summit is held annually in different cities throughout the world. Previous host landmark cities included Rome, Paris, Berlin, Hiroshima, Warsaw, Chicago, Bogotá and Barcelona. 

During the last Summit that took place in Bogotá in February 2017, 28 Nobel Peace Laureates joined Colombia’s call, gathering 18,358 attendees during 4 days of the event, more than 40,000 people connected via streaming; around 800 youth from more than 50 countries participated in the Leading by Example program.


The 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates will be held in Mérida, Yucatan throughout the dates of September 19-22, 2019. 


Among the Nobel Peace Laureates who have already confirmed their attendance to the event are former presidents: Juan Manuel Santos, of Colombia; Lech Walesa, of Poland; Frederik de Klerk, of South Africa; José Ramos-Horta, of Timor Leste. Also confirmed are Lord David Trimble; Northern Ireland’s former First Minister; Kailash Satyarthi, Indian children’s rights activist who has freed 85,000 children slaves; Shirin Ebadi, first woman jurist in Iran; Tawakkol Karman, Yemeni human rights activist and founder of Women Journalists Without Chains, Jody Williams, American political activist known for her work in banning anti-personnel landmines; Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist who helped to end a civil war, and Rigoberta Menchu Tum from Guatemala known for dedicating her life to promoting indigenous rights in the country. 


Among the Prize awarded organizations that are expected to be at the Summit in Merida are representatives of the following Institutions: American Friends Service Committee, Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, International Peace Bureau, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, Albert Schweizer Institute, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Amnesty International, Institute of International Law, Kim Dae-Jung Presidential Library and Museum.


The title of the 17th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is known as “Leave your mark for Peace.” The program will engage civil society and youth from throughout the world by providing them the tools and strategies needed to achieve peace at the local and global levels. 


The “Leading by Example” program (cross link to the internal page) is the official youth education initiative of the World Summit. This year, the program will present a new concept, titled Youth Peace Labs. 

"Be the change you want to see in the world." 

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

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